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Strong Team Assembled for the 2023 World Para Athletics Championships

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02/06/2023 00:00, In Blog / Club Notice Board / Track & Field /

The Great Britain and Northern Ireland squad for the 2023 World Para Athletics Championships in Paris, France [8-17 July] has today been announced by UK Athletics and we are delighted to see 7 of our athletes will be attending.

The World Championships – the first to be held since 2019 – takes place just over a year ahead of the 2024 edition of the Paralympic Games which will also be held in Paris.

Chris Type, Head of Performance at Welsh Athletics shared:

"The development of our para-athletes has long been a priority for Welsh Athletics and to once again have such a strong contingent selected to represent Great Britain and Northern Ireland at the World Championships is a testament to the athletes and coaches. I’m confident the championships will be a huge success for all the Welsh Athletes and wish them good luck.”

Head of Paralympic Performance at UKA and Team Leader for the Championships, Tom Paulson:

“I am really pleased that we have selected such a strong team for the World Para Athletics Championships. It is an important stage in the cycle leading into the Paralympic Games, so with just over a year to go until the Games, this will be a good indicator for athletes and their support teams as they continue their journey to Paris 2024.


"Heading to Paris this year and getting used to that Championship environment is hugely beneficial for the athletes and will be a chance to go through the processes a year out. I am looking forward to seeing how they all perform in this Championship environment.


It is pleasing to see nine athletes receive their first call-ups to senior GB & NI teams, which shows the pathway is in a strong position. Earning a place in the team for the worlds and competing against the best on the global stage will be an invaluable experience for them.”

Competing for Wales


Athlete Event Club Coach
Hollie Arnold F46 Javelin Blackheath and Bromley David Turner
Olivia Breen T38 Long Jump & 100m City of Portsmouth Aston Moore
Sabrina Fortune F20 Shot Put Deeside Ryan Spencer-Jones / Ian Robinsn
Funmi Oduwaiye F64 Shout Put & Discus DSWPA Josh Clarke 


Athlete Event Club Coach
Aled Davies F63 Shot Put Cardiff Athletics Ryan Spencer-Jones
Michael Jenkins F38 Shot Put Pembrokeshire Harriers Ryan Spencer-Jones
Harrison Walsh F64 Discus DSWPA Nathan Stephens

Congratulations to Ryan Spencer-Jones, National Talent Development Coordinator - Throws who has been selected as a Team Coach for the Championships.

See the athletes in action later this month at the Welsh Senior & U15 Championships!

Good luck to all the athletes competing, make Wales proud!

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